In 1978, the ground-breaking documentary MY SURVIVAL AS AN ABORIGINAL (1978) rocked Australia and the world with its presentation of atrocities and hardships committed against Aboriginal people. Winning prizes around the world, the film was broadcast overseas, shown on the ABC and used widely in Australian education. Today it is featured on the Australian Screen website which describes the film as challenging, and says, “"Though a call to justice, it is also tempered with beauty, and the audience is allowed to glimpse the private world of the Essie Coffey and the people of Brewarrina, N.S.W.” Country and Western songs performed by Coffey are also a rich element of the documentary".
MY SURVIVAL AS AN ABORIGINAL directed by Essie Coffey, was one of the first Australian films where an Indigenous Australian was able to decide how she and her community would be represented. It was also the first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman. Through her films, Essie Coffey's voice reaches across time to continue the ongoing fight for the rights of Indigenous peoples.
49 mins 16mm/video/DVD •- PAL & NTSC - Rated G - 1979